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Grants

Students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible to receive a portion of their need in non-repayable grants assistance. Generally, grant amounts are based on need, school costs and enrollment status. The first step to determining your eligibility is to file the FAFSA by the specified deadline.

Awards may or may not be renewable so be sure to note whether they are and make sure you meet the requirements each year. Also, you'll need to notify the Office of Financial Aid of any external grants you receive. Such awards are counted as a resource and may reduce your eligibility for other need-based aid.

University grants

Although the majority of University-funded aid is in the form of scholarships, limited funds may be available in the form of grants for students who demonstrate high financial need. Only on-time FAFSA filers are considered for these programs.

Founders Grant

These funds are generally used to help bridge the gap for our neediest students. Amounts vary and are determined each year using the FAFSA results.

President's Special Grant

These funds are generally used to help bridge the gap for our neediest students. Amounts vary and are determined each year using the FAFSA results.

Forever Flyer Grant

These funds are generally used to help bridge the gap for our neediest students. Amounts vary and are determined each year using the FAFSA results.

Adele Scholarship

Named for one of the University's founders, the Adele Scholarship is renewable as long as the student files the FAFSA each year. Amounts vary based on need.

Federal grants

Federal grants are designed to assist the country's neediest students. Your eligibility for the programs listed below will be determined after reviewing your FAFSA results.

Pell Grant

This grant is awarded to students with the highest level of financial need as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grant

These campus-based funds are to be awarded to students who demonstrate the highest financial need. Students must meet the University's FAFSA priority filing date each year for consideration.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

This grant is valued at up to $4,000* per year and can be used by students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. First-year students are typically not eligible for this grant. If, after reading all of the information on the TEACH fact sheet (.pdf), you are interested in obtaining the TEACH Grant, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

*Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6.0 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760.

State grants

Depending on the availability of state funding, you may be eligible to receive grants from your state of residency. Currently we honor grants awarded to students from Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

We recommend you contact your state's higher education agency to determine what grants your state may offer its residents and how to apply.

External grants

When searching for additional resources to fund your education, don't forget to explore the world of external grants. There are millions of dollars given annually to college students from scholarship foundations, private business, professional clubs and organizations.

Begin the search by checking with your high school guidance counselor or library for local opportunities. Next, check with your parents' employers to see if they offer any dependent of employee scholarships. Also, check with your church and any other organizations to which you or your parents are members.

When you have exhausted the local scholarship opportunities, you may want to use one of the many free scholarship/grant search services on the Internet. These use a personalized search to compare your profile with a database of awards. You are then encouraged to apply for those which match your profile. And remember, notify us of any scholarship you receive.

Beware of those searches that charge you a fee — it may be a scam!